Republican Women of Greater Picayune
Mississippi State Treasurer Lynn Fitch was the guest speaker for the Republican Women of Greater Picayune’s fundraising dinner held on Tuesday at Southern Char Steak House.
FUMC celebrates 100 years
2013 has marked a year of celebration for the congregation of First United Methodist Church in Picayune.
The church has been a source of family activities, worship and outreach for a century this year and the membership has had monthly activities and projects that will culminate in their Centennial Celebration on Sunday, Oct. 27, with a 10:30 a.m. worship service followed by a potluck lunch in the Family Life Center.
Meeting on the core of Common Core
Sens. Angela Burks Hill and Tony Smith held a community meeting on Common Core standards Tuesday evening at The Link on Goodyear Boulevard. The meeting addressed Common Core details such as origination, criteria and states’ rights. There was standing room only in the area which typically holds 320 people.
Rita Burgess Anderson, two time past president of Clinton Chamber of Commerce, retired member of the telecommunications industry and active member of the Strategic Growth Committee was the guest speaker prior to HIll and Smith speaking.
Arboretum Paths: October’s glorious native perennials
How would you like a low-maintenance perennial bed guaranteed to burst into bloom each fall? If you want to see an example of the beauty that can develop with a “hands off” approach, just take a drive along our local roads to experience the exquisite diversity of blooming perennials and grasses lining the banks and ditches this time of year.
Katie Dees celebrates 100 years
Katie Mae Beck Dees was honored on her October 1 birthday on which she turned 100 years with a Key to the City of Picayune and a proclamation that October 1, 2013 was Katie Mae Beck Dees Day at the city council meeting.
Born October 1, 1913 in Cybur, Miss., Dees was the third child of Elie and Cornelia (Nellie) Parker Beck.
She married Walter Jack Dees, Sr. on March 19, 1932 and was widowed in 1947.
Gulf fritillary caterpillars feed exclusively on species of Passiflora, while the butterflies will sip nectar from a variety of blooms. Standing under the plant, we could see that what at first had appeared to be a curling leaf was actually a newly-formed chrysalis.
This particular chrysalis is mundane in appearance compared to the bright orange caterpillar that constructs it. In addition to the bright coloring, these caterpillars are covered in thorny black spikes. While they may appear menacing, the spines are really soft to the touch. The bright orange color serves as a warning to birds and other creatures that might consider making a meal of the caterpillar that it is toxic, thus providing it with protection from predators.
Vocability: A girl, some shoes and dog
This year is the 75th anniversary of the 1939 version of the movie “Wizard of Oz.” Based on the book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum, the movie, one of the first to be filmed in technicolor, was not originally a huge success at the box office. According to reports most of its success has come from licensing rights, merchandising.
In a prior version of the movie, filmed in 1925, there were some differences in the plot and Dorothy’s introduction into the Land of Oz.
See if you can match the words and terms from the movie with the proper meanings.
Arboretum Paths: Bugfest this Friday and Saturday at the Arboretum
We are preparing to have a “buggy good time” the Crosby Arboretum’s Bugfest event this Friday and Saturday. The festival is our annual celebration of all things insect-related. Last year more than 600 people attended the two day event, which offers children’s crafts, insect identification, and collecting, a visit by the Audubon Nature Institute’s Bugmobile, and the popular night collecting activities on Friday that will begin at dusk.
I love technology and all things word related. After a brief run in with Picayune’s own version of “Big Bang Theory” character Sheldon, Super Dave, I knew that this week’s Vocability column would focus on alpha-geeks and words they use.
Cyberspeak, jargon, net-lingo or hack speak has infiltrated our everyday language and meanings for common words we use such as “cookies,” “virus” and “spam.” It has also modified other common words we use such as “mouse potato” and “winnage/lossage.”
Geeks appear to be the new eliteist group, although “elite” by their definition connotes pirated or stolen. They appear to be having the last laugh on those they consider a “big lose.”
Peruse the following words and their meanings to see if you can match them. Don’t pull a “bit flip” and go “nonlinear” if you can’t. The answers are always at the end of the column ;) .
Cool mornings have given us the recent hope that autumn days are just around the corner, and the promise that our outdoor tasks will soon be conducted on days with more agreeable temperatures. The cooler weather provides better conditions for our landscape projects, and the fall and winter months give an extended period for roots to establish before warm temperatures return.
Last week’s landscape design and renovation program put us in the mood for fall planting, and our native plant sale this Friday and Saturday will include many Mississippi native species that offer you some great garden benefits. Who doesn’t want to save time and money by introducing dependable, low-maintenance plants to your home landscape? When native plants — or any plants, for that matter — are given the site conditions they prefer, they will thrive.
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